PULASKI, Tenn. – On Monday, September 17, Martin Methodist College (MMC) will welcome Julia Smith Gibbons and William “Bill” Lockhart Gibbons to campus as speakers in the annual Justice Joseph Ward Henry Law Lecture Series in celebration of Constitution Day.

The Honorable Julia Gibbons has been a circuit judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, appointed in 2002 by then president George W. Bush. Born and raised in Pulaski, Tenn., Gibbons received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and was a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review. After serving as law clerk to the late Honorable William E. Miller and as a legal advisor to Governor Lamar Alexander, Gibbons began her career as a judge, first serving as judge of the Tennessee Circuit for the 15th Judicial Circuit, United State District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, chief judge of the District Court, and currently as circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals.

Former Commissioner Bill Gibbons is the current president of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and executive director of the Public Safety Institute at the University of Memphis. Born in El Dorado, Ark., Gibbons holds both undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University. In his career, he has served numerous roles including law partner, special policy assistant for Governor Lamar Alexander, District Attorney General for Shelby County, and Commissioner of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security for Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet, January 2011 to August 2016.

The Constitution Day event will be held at 7 p.m. in The Gault Fine Arts Center on MMC’s campus. Admission is free, and the community is encouraged to attend.

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. We encourage all Americans to observe this important day in our nation's history by attending local events in your area. Celebrate Constitution Day through activities, learning, parades and demonstrations of our Love for the United State of America and the Blessings of Freedom Our Founding Fathers secured for us.

Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing.


Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478